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Re: I/O on select count(*)

From: Jeremy Harris <jgh(at)wizmail(dot)org>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: I/O on select count(*)
Date: 2008-05-17 13:13:52
Message-ID: 482EDA10.5060603@wizmail.org (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> One additional point: this means that one transaction in every 32K
> writing transactions *does* have to do extra work when it assigns itself
> an XID, namely create and zero out the next page of pg_clog.  And that
> doesn't just slow down the transaction in question, but the next few
> guys that would like an XID but arrive on the scene while the
> zeroing-out is still in progress.
> 
> This probably contributes to the behavior that Simon and Josh regularly
> complain about, that our transaction execution time is subject to
> unpredictable spikes.  I'm not sure how to get rid of it though.

A thread maintaining a pool of assigned and cleared pg_clog pages, ahead
of the immediate need?    Possibly another job for an existing daemon
thread.

- Jeremy

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